Herbal Distillates in Persian Culture and Their Benefits

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Herbal Distillates

Overview

The distillate is a popular type of herb utilization in Iran. Today, there are over 40 herbs that are distilled and used as a beverage or for medical purposes. Among medical benefits of distillates, we can mention being a painkiller, anti-bacterial, antiparasitic, antifungal, antispasmodic, and antioxidant. Furthermore, because they are made by adding the scent, aroma, or essence of the herbs, they act like aromatic medicines that their scent can stimulate olfactory nerves, change the course of hormonal secretion, body temperature, metabolism, stress and sexual hormone levels, immune system, and emotional and physical thoughts and behavior. These aromatic substances exist more in herbal extractions and oils and cause reactions inside the brain and also the nerves and result in healthiness, happiness, and delight. These distillates can alleviate pain and nervousness and bring mental balance. Moreover, smelling the scents, besides provoking olfactory nerves, penetrate through the lungs, combine with oxygen molecules, and thus enter the blood and affect the overall health. Distillates can also enter the body with massage. They penetrate the skin and enter the intercellular fluid, and hence enter the blood and reach different organs. Having various chemicals, they have a cold or hot temper and moderate use of these distillates will not cause any problem. Usually, distillates do not interfere with each other but they sometimes interfere with chemical medicines, so it is recommended to talk to an expert or read about the usage before using. Generally, distillates are weak versions of herbal essences. In order to make distillates, they add more water so that it becomes more proper for normal and medicinal uses. So, distillates are more commonly used compared to essences but drinking too much of them might have some side effects. In addition, if you use them as much as distillates, in case of local use, could cause blister and in case of drinking, could cause dryness of mucus and create ulcers.

Distillates could be more effective when they are dissolved in the water completely or are so-called double heated. Double heated distillates are products of redistillation and are richer types of distillates and have a more bitter flavor and smell compared to the common distillates. Therefore, if the product is redistilled it loses an excessive amount of water and that is called “essence taking”.

Now, we try to name some of the popular distillates, along with their benefits and their consumption instructions.

 

Thyme Distillate (Hot Temper)

Body strengthener: Stomach strengthener, gastric acidity resolver, vision strengthener, anti-convulsion, painkiller, a blood thinner, works well against lung infections, rheum, bronchitis, asthma, angina flu, and indigestion, is good for sciatica and gout.

Consumption instructions: Drink half a cup after each meal, for rheum and angina flu pour half a cup in the hot water and then drink.

 

Citron Distillate (Hot Temper)

citron

Heart and stomach strengthener, liver detoxifier, having a high amount of calcium, it alleviates sadness and sorrow, cures child diarrhea.

Consumption instructions: Drink half a cup before each meal.

 

Lavender Distillate (Hot Temper)

lavender

Good for all sorts of headaches, dizziness, concussions, body organ trembling, anger, Alzheimer’s, and gout. Alleviates liver and kidney diseases, cures respiratory tract infections and flu, and is sedative and hypnotic.

Consumption instructions: Drink three times a day and half a cup each time.

 

Myrtle Leaf Distillate

myrtle

Hair strengthener, good for hair loss especially oily hair, cures body rash and inflammation and acne, prevents shortness of breath, respiratory system disinfectant, cures cough, by gargling it can cure mouth infections and throat sore, prevents internal bleeding.

Consumption instructions: For internal diseases drink a cup before each meal, in case of hair loss, at nights, pour some of it on your hair and massage completely, for rashes and acne rub it on your face or body.

 

Eucalyptus Distillate

Disinfectant, refrigerant, cures cold, lowers blood sugar, and is antibacterial.

Consumption instructions: Drink a cup before each meal. For air germicidal and disinfectant purposes and curing a cold, pour a cup in half a liter of water and incense three times a day.

 

Chamomile Distillate (Hot Temper)

Energizer, alleviates painful infections, regulates menstruation disorders, kills parasites, cures constipation and phlegm.

Consumption Instructions: Drink a cup before each meal.

Note: Regular use, is harmful to pregnant women

 

Lemon Balm (Bad Ranj Bouyeh) Distillate (Hot Temper)

Brain, nerve, memory, and heart strengthener, strengthener of five senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste), cures mental despair, anger, moodiness, neural headaches, and shortness of breath, and prevents pregnancy vomits.

Consumption Instructions: Drink a cup after each meal. Moreover, it works well against mosquito and bee bites. In this case, spread it on the spot with cotton.

 

Plane Tree Leaves Distillate (Very Cold Temper)

plane tree leaves

Fattening, refrigerant, anti-asthma, alleviates moodiness, joint pain, and swelling that are the result of having a hot temper, rubbing it on the body lightens the skin.

Consumption instructions: Drink a cup before each meal.

 

Olive Leaf Distillate

Diuretic, lowers blood pressure, good for kidney dysfunctions, cures headache, improves memory, tasting a little bit of it alleviates toothache.

Consumption Instructions: Drink a cup before each meal.

 

Walnut Tree Leaves Distillate (Hot Temper)

Walnut Tree Leaves

Lowers blood sugar, cures gout and joint pain that is the result of cold temper.

Consumption Instructions: Drink a cup before each meal.

 

Yarrow Distillate (Hot Temper)

Yarrow

Energizer, heart and mind strengthener, anti-convulsion, refrigerant, blood purifier, cures stomach and intestine swells, good for hemorrhoids, cures painful menstruation dysfunctions, cures muscle and heart cramps, and prevents pins and needles.

Consumption instructions: Drink a cup after each meal.

 

Orange Blossom Distillate (Hot Temper)

orange blossoms

Heart and mind strengthener, anti-convulsion, sedative, anti-hysteric, cures depression, cures insomnia and neural dysfunctions, cures hiccup.

Consumption instructions: Drink a cup before each meal or use it as syrup.

 

Willow Tree Leaves Distillate (Cold Temper)

willow tree leaves

Stomach strengthener, sedative, heart strengthener, anti-convulsion, refrigerant, cures jaundice and headaches, alleviates genital pains, softens the hair, and treats dandruff.

Consumption instructions: For internal diseases, drink half a cup before each meal. For hair, massage your hair with it completely every night.

 

Pussy Willow Distillate (Mild Temper)

pussy willow tea

Heart strengthener, cures heart cramps, body strengthener, laxative, drinking pussy willow distillate in youth prevents blood pressure at old age.

Consumption Instructions: Drink a cup before each meal or use it as syrup.

 

Pennyroyal Distillate (Hot Temper)

pennyroyal

Appetizing, prevents flatulence, works well against diarrhea, cures hiccup, heartburn, and cough, expectorant.

Consumption Instructions: Drink half a cup after each meal.

Note: Regular use is harmful to pregnant women.

 

Four Herb (Chahar Aragh) Distillate (Hot Temper)

Stomach Strengthener, cures gastric acidity, helps digestion, cures stomach ache.

Consumption instructions: Drink half a cup after each meal.

 

Chives Distillate

chives

Cures cough, expectorant, cures rheum, laryngitis, bronchitis, respiratory system inflammations, and swelling, opens the gallbladder, helps digestion, aphrodisiac, cures hemorrhoids and prevents flatulence, stops the blood flow to hemorrhoids, clears vaginal discharge, disinfects it, and prevents miscarriage, lightens and softens the skin.

Consumption instructions: Drink a cup after each meal.

 

Chahar Zireh (Four Caraway) Distillate (Hot Temper)

Stomach Strengthener, prevents flatulence, cures spasms, helps digestion, increases lactation.

Consumption instructions: Drink a cup after each meal.

 

Four Distillates (Cold Temper)

Four Distillates

Refrigerant, cures jaundice, purifies the blood, anti-convulsion, liver strengthener, softens the skin, refines the kidneys, is sedative.

Consumption instructions: Drink a cup before each meal.

 

Chehel Giah Distillate (Hot Temper)

Stomach strengthener, prevents gastric acidity, helps digestion, cures stomach ache and gripe.

Consumption instructions: Drink half a cup after each meal.

 

Bindii Distillate (Cold Temper)

Kidney disinfectant, kidney stone breaker, alleviates kidney pain, cures spasms, is aphrodisiac.

Consumption instructions: Drink a cup before each meal and in case of kidney pain, drink instead of water.

 

Alhagi Distillate (Cold Temper)

alhagi

Kidney and bladder stone breaker, clears the kidneys, good for whooping cough and the kidneys.

Consumption instructions: Drink a cup before each meal and in case of kidney pain and kidney stone drink instead of water.

 

Portulaca Distillate (Cold Temper)

Portulaca

Refrigerant, blood purifier, quenches thirst, alleviates esophagus pipe and cardia burn as a result of gastric acidity, cures intense coughs that come with blood phlegm, useful against goiter, treats migraine, antibilious, cures irregularities in menstruation bleeding and stops it, is appetizing and fattening, good for hemorrhoids.

Consumption instructions: Drink a cup before each meal.

 

Cinnamon Distillate (Hot Temper)

cinnamon

Stomach strengthener, aphrodisiac, body strengthener, mind strengthener, prevents bad breath, good against humidity coughs, cures panic, fear, obsession, and mania.

Consumption instructions: Drink a cup after each meal. Pour some drops in the tea and it will improve the flavor of the tea.

Note: People with high blood pressure must not use this drink.

 

Fennel Distillate (Hot Temper)

Prevents flatulence, cures spasms, expectorant, increases lactation.

Consumption instructions: Drink a cup after each meal.

Note: Because of containing female hormones, regular use for men is not recommended.

 

Ginger Distillate (Hot Temper)

ginger

Stomach and liver strengthener, expectorant, prevents flatulence, aphrodisiac, food and fruit detoxifier.

Consumption instructions: Drink half a cup after each meal.

 

Zanyan (Trachyspermum) Distillate (Hot Temper)

zanyan

Strong Stomach disinfectant, cures flatulence, fungal, and parasitic diseases, is good for drug rehab and its harms, works well against body humidity, cures diarrhea, is good against convulsion and paralysis.

Consumption instructions: Drink half a cup after each meal.

 

Cumin Distillate (Hot Temper)

Good for weight loss, prevents the shortness of breath, helps digestion, cures flatulence, increases breast milk, laxative.

Consumption instructions: Drink a cup after each meal. For losing weight, drink 4 times a day for at least 40 days.

 

Hyssop (Zofa) Distillate

Energizer, stomach strengthener, good against cold, cough, and phlegm, cures lung infections and chronic catarrh, works well against asthma, cures anemia in young females during puberty, gargling it will alleviate throat ache.

Consumption instructions: Drink a cup before each meal.

 

Caraway Distillate (Hot Temper)

Stomach strengthener, antiflatulence, helps digestion, cures spasms, good for weight loss.

Consumption instructions: Drink a cup after each meal.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

Prevents fattening, good for skin freshness and rejuvenation, cures joint pain, keeps arthritis and heart diseases away by softening and flexing blood vessels and thus prevents blood pressure, lowers blood fat, disinfectant and germicidal, full of calcium, potassium, and various vitamins.

Consumption instructions: Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a teaspoon of organic honey and half a cup of lukewarm water and drink before breakfast each day or consume half a cup of apple cider vinegar at a specified time each day along with food or salad.

 

Valerian Distillate (Hot Temper)

Stimulates the heart and nerves, is sedative, cures nervousness and anxiety, takes phobia and panic away, is antihysteric, alleviates migraine pain, reduces urination in people who have diabetes.

Consumption Instructions: Drink a cup after each meal and also before sleep.

 

Garlic Distillate (Hot Temper)

Prevents body and stomach humidity, helps digestion, a blood thinner, lowers the blood pressure, respiratory and digestive system disinfectant, excretes different stomach parasites, cures fever, germicidal, lightens the skin, prevents the whitening of the hair.

Consumption instructions: Drink a cup after each meal.

Note: Garlic Distillate will not give you a bad breath.

 

Common Fumitory Distillate (Mild Temper)

Blood purifier, antibilious, anti-jaundice, refrigerant, skin and stomach strengthener, diuretic, expectorant, cures scurvy (the lack of vitamin C inside the body), strengthens the gum and prevents it from bleeding.

Consumption instructions: Drink a cup before each meal.

 

Costmary Distillate (Mild Temper)

Body strengthener, antiflatulence, mouth and digestive system disinfectant, cures stomach ache, takes the bad smell of garlic and onion away from the mouth, cures neural headaches, coughing, and angina, treats urethra inflammations, is beneficial for those who get headaches and nausea inside the moving vehicles.

Consumption instructions: Drink a cup after each meal.

 

Rice Bran Distillate (Cold Temper)

Strengthens the hair bulbs and thus prevents hair loss and hair whitening, fattening.

Consumption instructions: Drink a cup before each meal.

 

Fenugreek Distillate (Hot Temper)

Lowers blood sugar, cures anemia, fattening, and rickets, strengthens the hair.

Consumption instructions: Drink half a cup before each meal.

 

Dill Distillate (Hot Temper)

Lowers blood fat, strengthens the stomach, antiflatulence, cures hiccup and stomach ache, menstruation regulator, alleviates back, kidney, and bladder pain, prevents shortness of breath and stomach weakness, increases lactation.

Consumption instructions: Drink a cup after each meal.

 

Licorice Distillate (Hot Temper)

Licorice

Cures stomach and duodenum ulcers, digestive system strengthener, treats lung and kidney infections, cures cough, expectorant, softens the chest and clears the throat, cures constipation and hemorrhoids.

Consumption instructions: Drink a cup before and half a cup after each meal.

 

 

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